Snow removal is almost totally geared for the automobile. Is this a case of discrimination? Is there anything we can do about this? Examples:
- I had a cop pull me over because I was walking in the street--a minor residential street--after a snowfall. She said, "You're really supposed to use the sidewalk where one is provided for you." I said, "It isn't really provided because it's so slippery that I feel the street is safer." She said, "Well, I just want you to be safe, and I really think the sidewalk is safer."
- A large regional food chain failed all winter to clear the sidewalks in front of their offices and a vacant lot that they own. I went in to complain, left a note requesting that they should "continue to be good corporate citizens" and clear the sidewalks for pedestrians. A PR guy called me back within the hour. He was very respectful and said they'd get on it right away. However, they never did anything.